September is dedicated to National Self-Care Awareness Month, but we think you should take a little time for yourself every month! Self-care comes in many forms, and in Thailand, the opportunities for “me time” are endless. From nature walks to yoga to bike rides, in Thailand you can take time out on your vacation to self-reflect and relax your mind, body, and soul.
Thailand is well known for its pristine beaches, lush jungles, and charming villages. While planning your dream getaway to Thailand, don’t forget to add a few of the items below to your travel itinerary for self-care!
Meditate in Phuket
Across Thailand are many destinations where you can sit on the warm sandy beach and practice meditation or yoga in front of unmatched views. In addition to the natural surroundings, there are also meditation and yoga centers you can visit for a one-of-a-kind experience.
One center that offers a truly authentic experience is Dharana Meditation and Retreat Center in Phuket! Set in an oasis of tranquility on the island of Phuket, Dharana Meditation and Retreat Center introduces its guests to the practice of honest and authentic mind-training techniques. Visitors can discover meditation retreats for beginners, free meditation classes, and coaching and counseling. Every Tuesday and Thursday are free sessions perfect for those new to meditation that want to learn the proper technique with the classic “Mindfulness of Breathing” or the Anapanasati Method.
On July 1st, 2021, Thailand reopened to international travelers in Phuket! The Phuket Sandbox 7 + 7 Extension program allows fully vaccinated international travelers to reduce the mandatory stay in Phuket from 14 to 7 days, after which travelers can choose to spend 7 nights in Krabi, Phang-Nga, or Surat Thani.
Cycle Through Sukhothai
Physical movement coupled with history and scenic views is a great way to practice self-care in Thailand. There are many bike routes throughout the country, whether you’re biking through an ancient town or historical park.
A favorite scenic bike route of ours is the 13th-century town of Sukhothai. Bike trails wind alongside the lush paddy fields and ancient canals, and of course, into Sukhothai Historical Park. Within the UNESCO World Heritage site, you will witness well-preserved historical ruins of 21 historical sites split into five zones. Cycle through the park to experience some of Thailand’s rich culture and history from the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai.
Take A Beach Stroll
We can all agree that a long walk on the beach is one of the most relaxing activities, and in Thailand, it’s truly spectacular. There are over 2,000 miles of coastline in Thailand and many beaches to choose from no matter where you travel. However, if you’re in the area of Ko Samui, you won’t want to miss a stroll along Laem Yai Beach.
While walking across the softest sand your feet will ever touch, admire the calm waters on one side and the swaying groves of coconut palm trees on the other. In the distance, you can see Ang Thong National Marine Park. Don’t forget to visit during the afternoon hours so that you can experience one of Thailand’s most spellbinding sunsets.
With safe reopening protocols, travelers can now vacation in Ko Samui. Under the Samui Plus program, vaccinated tourists traveling from low-risk countries can visit the beautiful tropical paradise of Ko Samui.
Venture Through Nature
Many would be surprised to hear that 70% of Thailand is covered in mountains. Due to the country’s broad span of hills and lush forest, you’re sure to find some of the world’s most extraordinary and vibrant flora and fauna. Connecting with nature is an excellent way to practice self-care.
Just off the beaten path in the mountains of Phayao Province is a charming remote village known as Phu Lang Ka. Phu Lang Ka National Park is within the village, shrouded in limestone karsts and home to thriving wildlife, foliage, and waterfalls. While visiting, take a trek up to the park’s highest peak at 1,700 meters high, where you’ll be met with views of misty scenery overlooking Phayao Province.
Visit the Markets
To keep your mind and body strong, you will need the proper nutrition. In Thailand, you’ll find some of the freshest ingredients in the country at the famous floating markets, morning and night markets, walking street markets, and flea markets.
Hop in a boat and glide down the river for a shopping experience like no other. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is known for its abundance of fruit sellers that are sure to fuel your body. Aside from local produce, you’ll also find boat noodles, coconut pancakes, and more Thai classics for a deliciously authentic Thai food experience.
Treat Yourself to a Wellness Retreat
If you’re visiting Thailand in search of wellness, you came to the right place! Thailand is filled with wellness retreats in relaxed settings to enjoy authentic Thai massage and healthy Thai food made with herbs.
In Chiang Mai, an ultimate wellness retreat awaits you called Jirung Health Village. Here you’ll find natural healing surrounded by nature and peace and quiet. Within the retreat is Jirung Four Element Spa, where you will be treated with traditional Thai medicine. The wellness therapies of the spa are derived from the wisest and most revered Ayurvedic teachings. After a stay at Jirung Health Village, you will leave feeling like a new person with an enlightened spirit.
Take Time For Yourself in Thailand!
We can’t wait for you to join us in Thailand to experience all the peace and tranquility the country has to offer. Whether you’re visiting to experience its splendid history and culture, delicious cuisine, or pristine beaches, remember to set aside some time for self-care in Thailand that is truly one-of-a-kind. For more information on travel to Thailand, visit here.